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X:1 T:Scots Rant M:6/4 L:1/8 S:Playford – Dancing Master (Supplement to 3rd Edition, 1657, p. 56) K:D A4A2 d4e2|e2f4 e4d2|e2f4 e4d2|e2f4 B4A2| B2d2d2 d4z2:|fg|a4 b2 a3 gf|e4 d2 e4fg| a4 b2 a3g f2|e4d2 e4de|f6 B4A2| B2d2d2 d4e2|f6 B4A2|G2d2d2 d4||



SCOTS RANT. English (Scottish?), Jig (6/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in the Supplement to John Playford’s (1623-1686) 3rd edition of his Dancing Master (1657). It was retained in the next Playford iteration of the Dancing Master, the second supplement to the 3rd edition, issued in 1665, but after that it was dropped from the long-running Dancing Master volumes. Scottish music enjoyed several waves of popularity in England for the rest of the century, into the next.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances to Playford's Dancing Master), 1986; No. 161, p. 46. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 14: Songs, Airs and Dances of the 18th Century), 1997; p. 13.

Recorded sources: -Dorian Records 90238, The Baltimore Consort – “A Trip to Killburn” (1996).



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